Gaudi Afternoon

2001

Gaudi Afternoon

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29%

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Reviews Counted: 17

45%
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45%
Average Rating: 3.1/5

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An American abroad finds herself falling in with an eccentric group of fellow expatriates in Spain in this comedy. Cassandra (Judy Davis) is a nomadic American who finds herself stranded in Spain, where she's found temporary work translating books into English. However, Cassandra's limited translating skills are not bringing home the bacon, so when she encounters a strange woman named Frankie (Marcia Gay Harden), she's willing to help her find a missing friend for a price. Cassandra soon discovers Frankie isn't a strange woman after all -- she's a man living as a woman in preparation for a future sex change operation. It seems Frankie's significant other, a seriously butch lesbian named Ben (Lili Taylor), has walked out on her and taken their daughter Delilah (Courtney Jines) with her; Frankie wants Cassandra to help her find the two of them. As it turns out, Ben has moved on to new pastures, becoming involved with April (Juliette Lewis), a head-in-the-clouds bohemian, and with the help of wealthy art patron and part-time magician Hamilton Kincaid (Christopher Bowen), Ben, April, and Delilah are happily squatting in a spare wing at La Pedrera, Spain's best-known gallery. As Cassandra tries to persuade Ben to reconcile with Frankie, she gets fast-talked by Hamilton into performing as part of his magic act. Gaudi Afternoon was directed by Susan Seidelman; it was her first dramatic theatrical feature since Cookie in 1989, after spending over a decade making documentaries and television projects.

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Cast

Judy Davis
as Cassandra Reilly
Marcia Gay Harden
as Frankie Stevens
Lili Taylor
as Ben Harris
Juliette Lewis
as April Schauer
Christopher Bowen
as Hamilton Kincaid
Courtney Jines
as Delilah Stevens
Sergi Ruiz
as Carlos
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Critic Reviews for Gaudi Afternoon

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  • A kooky, madcap adventure set in Barcelona devolves into a sort of sub -sub-Almodovar picture. Stay for the opening credits, then leave.

    Mar 29, 2003
  • For a while, the sheer exoticism of the characters and the setting provides a certain amount of interest, but the film's farcical situations, mostly involving the sexual orientation of its characters, ultimately prove tiresome.

    Mar 24, 2003
  • A mildly entertaining gender-bender comedy set in Barcelona, never quite lives up to its excellent cast or the onetime promise of director Susan Seidelman.

    Mar 21, 2003 | Rating: 2/4
  • What should be a soufflé of gender-bending mischief is more like a bowl of oatmeal.

    Mar 20, 2003 | Rating: 1.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Even the crackpot architectural genius of Antonio Gaudi cannot elevate this silly little farce of sexual confusion from director Susan Seidelman and writer James Myhre.

    Mar 20, 2003 | Rating: 1.5/4

    Jan Stuart

    Newsday
    Top Critic
  • The trumped-up alley-to-plaza intrigue could use more smoke and less mirrors.

    Mar 18, 2003 | Full Review…

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